Global Business of Soccer Recap

These are your headlines around the business of the beautiful game from the last week…

 

Distance From City Center Only One Factor for MLS Matchday Success (Business of Soccer)

Buzzard Point NE ArielSoccer-specific stadiums in North America have been a revelation to the matchday experience for Major League Soccer (MLS). Building stadiums designed for the purpose of soccer helps create an atmosphere that fans want to be a part of. It opens up new revenue streams for clubs as they can now offer comparable season ticket plans, advertising, and local partnerships of their own. Only a few MLS teams remain without a soccer-specific stadium which they can call home: Seattle Sounders, D.C. United, Vancouver Whitecaps, and New England Revolution. D.C. United has certainly made strides towards building a stadium to house their storied franchise.

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Trouble in the North: Canada’s Disappointing Year of Soccer (Business of Soccer)

Klopas Montreal ImpactIt has been a tough year for Canadian soccer. After the 2014 season, two of the three Canadian teams in Major League Soccer (MLS) missed the playoffs. For Toronto FC, the 2014 campaign has been sorely disappointing after opening up the checkbook to bring on English striker Jermaine Defoe and U.S. National Team stalwart Michael Bradley prior to the start of the season. The club has yet to make an MLS postseason in their eight year history. Montreal Impact finished with the fewest points in the league, winning only six games all year. Vancouver Whitecaps FC clinched the fifth and final spot of the MLS Playoffs before bowing out to FC Dallas in their one and only playoff game. For the Canadian National Team, they played to a 1-3-1 record in five friendly matches in 2014.

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MLS’ 2nd Dispersal Draft Ever Kicks Off Draft-Emonium (Business of Soccer)

Getty PromoEven though MLS Cup isn’t over, today kicks off the start of every team’s development for next season. If you have not followed the downfall of Chivas USA and the rise of a new LA based MLS franchise expected in two-years time, then students there is some required reading. Firstly, head on over to SB Nation’s Chivas USA dedicated site, The Goat Parade, and go over this article stream and upon completion come back here to Business of Soccer and read about the investment behind the expected new franchise…then come back to this article (you should probably leave the tab open).

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Soccer Is More Than Just A Game (Business of Soccer)

More than a gameAny supporter of any club or national team in soccer will understand what the quote above means – that for them, going to a soccer match is about so much more than just the game itself. The sense of family, of belonging one feels when you step through the gates of your club’s stadium sends chills and a heartwarming sensation throughout your body all at the same time. People use sport, and especially soccer, as a mechanism to escape the toils of the real world. It is one of the few places fans can go where they aren’t worried about what bills they have to pay, or what the upcoming election has in store for taxes, healthcare, or unemployment. They are solely worried about their club, and they let it consume them for ninety blissful minutes, knowing that they are not alone, but united in this feeling that, for a moment, soccer transcends the realities of the world and becomes its own sovereign utopia. Or does it?

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Premier League Week 12 Attendance Catches Case of the Mondays (Business of Soccer)

Villa ParkFollowing another international break, this past weekend welcomed back the Barclays Premier League to our lives. Gameweek 12 witnessed Arsenal’s heavyweight clash at home against Manchester United Chelsea’s continuation of their unbeaten streak as well as Liverpool’s capitulation to an under-rated and quite simply better side in Crystal Palace. Overall, matches during Week 12 had an average attendance of 37,084 fans, pushing the average attendance for the season up to 36,008.

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MLS Playoff Attendance Averages 20,667 Through 12 Matches (Business of Soccer)

mls new logoThe 2014 MLS Cup Playoff are well underway, average attendance through the first round of the Conference Finals is 20,667 and Stadiums were 83.3% filled throughout the MLS Playoffs thus far. This contrasts from the regular season both positively and negatively. Average attendance so far in playoffs beats the 19,148 season average for 2014, but stadiums were in fact less full compared to the regular season. At 86.1% for the season, stadiums during playoffs so far are 2.88% less full.

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Coca Cola on Board for Copa America (Soccerex)

Copa america centenarioCoca-Cola has become the fifth sponsor to sign up for next year’s Copa América soccer tournament, according to South American press reports. The global soft drinks giant joins existing partners Mastercard, Santander, Kia and Kellogg’s Pringles as a backer of the event, which will be held in Chile in June and July.

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Toronto FC release additional renderings and video related to BMO Field expansion (Toronto FC)

bmo field expansionOver the next two years, BMO Field will be getting a major upgrade that will offer Toronto FC and its fans one of the top stadiums in Major League Soccer. The first phase, beginning now and finishing in May, 2015, will see BMO Field expanded to a seating capacity of 30,000 with 8,400 new seats in the East grandstands, as well as additional washrooms and concession stands. It will also include new suites, private clubs, the expansion of the Rogers Club and a new concourse on the second level connecting the entire stadium. The first phase of renovations will also feature a new larger HD video board to replace the existing video board in the North end.

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World Cup Sponsors Are Coming Out And Criticizing FIFA’s Disastrous Corruption Investigation (Business Insider)

fifaworldcuptrophyCoca-Cola has become the first tier-one sponsor of the World Cup to publicly criticize FIFA for its handling of the investigation into corruption over the bidding process for the 2018 tournament in Russia and 2022 competition in Qatar, according to a report in The Sunday Times.

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Top Italian Soccer Team Could Be Demoted Over Player Trade Debts (Bloomberg)

asroma-newstadium-1Top division Italian soccer team Genoa faces sanctions that could include a points deduction or even demotion after failing to pay a debt related to player trades. A disciplinary panel at soccer governing body FIFA will discuss sanctions at its next meeting after Genoa failed to pay Chile’s Deportivo Colo-Colo more than 144,900 euros ($180,000) related to forward Cristobal Jorquera.

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